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Offline Robo11

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« Posted 2015-03-21 21:25:16 »

Ok, so i know this isn't gaming related, but i thought it would be interesting to discuss. My apologias if this is the wrong place for this. 

So, for the Windows / Mac users (And Linux if you use a antivirus) what antivirus program are you using currently?
I am currently using Comodo Internet Security Premium, but am considering changing (Maybe to Avast Free?).
Offline CopyableCougar4
« Reply #1 - Posted 2015-03-21 21:41:09 »

I use Webroot, but I am completely ignorant of which anti-virus/anti-malware/etc. is the better one, although I should probably be more aware of that kind of thing.

I just use common sense as to which sites I visit and only download from trusted sources, so I have yet to have a problem.

Either wandering the forum or programming. Most likely the latter Smiley

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Offline bigbass1997

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2015-03-21 22:06:57 »

Over the years I have used a bunch of different ones but in my opinion I feel that MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is the best, at least for windows. And then I also use Microsoft Security Essentials (aka Windows Defender for Windows Cool.

For my linux machine, I don't really use any antivirus software. While I acknowledge the fact any computer connected to the internet can get a virus, I don't really worry about my linux machine getting any.

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Offline KudoDEV

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2015-03-22 00:52:37 »

I've used Norton 360 for years. It's now known as Norton Security. It's quiet, optimizes PC automatically, never gets in the way. So I couldn't be happier.

Offline ra4king

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2015-03-22 01:39:20 »

I used to use and recommend Microsoft Security Essentials (which has bigbass1997 mentioned is now Windows Defender as part of Windows 8 and 8.1).

However, its effectiveness has degraded in recent antivirus tests so I have switched all my computers (and family's computers) to Avast Free. Register your username and you get free and excellent antivirus for a year. Make sure to set it to Silent/Gaming mode so that annoying voice doesn't interfere.

I would definitely recommend against Norton as its reputation is to be slow and bloated, however I do not know the performance impact of the latest Norton 360 to judge.

If you are on a Windows machine and not using an antivirus, you are, ehmm, in the most kind terms, an idiot. Pointing

Offline Cero
« Reply #5 - Posted 2015-03-22 01:39:47 »

I don't.

Offline SHC
« Reply #6 - Posted 2015-03-22 02:15:15 »

The same as @ra4king, I use Avast free edition. I just keep it installed though, never did any scan..

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2015-03-22 02:37:48 »

If you are on a Windows machine and not using an antivirus, you are, ehmm, in the most kind terms, an idiot. Pointing

Looks like I'm an idiot then  Roll Eyes
Offline BurntPizza

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2015-03-22 02:41:48 »

Defender. Although in all the years I've been using computers, I personally have not yet needed it.
If there wasn't an option as lightweight as defender I probably wouldn't run one at all. It's just insurance at this point.
Offline bigbass1997

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2015-03-22 03:00:37 »

I used to use and recommend Microsoft Security Essentials (which has bigbass1997 mentioned is now Windows Defender as part of Windows 8 and 8.1).

I would definitely recommend against Norton as its reputation is to be slow and bloated, however I do not know the performance impact of the latest Norton 360 to judge.

I also recommend against Norton. Almost every time I have had someone come to me with a tech question involving viruses on their computer, if they had Norton, it didn't do squat to protect against or even remove viruses.

However, its effectiveness has degraded in recent antivirus tests so I have switched all my computers (and family's computers) to Avast Free.

I have also noticed that, and that's why I mainly just use Malwarebytes. While it has the title "malware" in its name, it searches and removes more than just simple malware. In combination with Windows Defender/Essentials, I seem to have a good time keeping viruses off my computers.

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« Reply #10 - Posted 2015-03-22 03:17:26 »

It's been a while since I used Windows, but I used Avira when I was. It was nice and lightweight, and seemed to get the job done.
According to reddit, Avira+Malwarebytes is a good combination, using Avira for real-time protection, and Malwarebytes for scanning.

I've heard Avast was great in the past but that now it has sort of slipped.

Generally anything that comes preinstalled on a machine is crapware (Norton, Mcafee, etc.). Just because you get a paid product for free doesn't mean it's any good.

I'm on Linux, and I check everything I download before I run it, so I don't bother with an antivirus. Worst case scenario I can just nuke the system partition, clean out my home folder, and reinstall Arch.

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2015-03-22 09:16:02 »

None.

Not used Anti-virus in 5+ years, it's funny that I only ever get virus' and slowdowns when anti-virus software flags it.

Also, I use private torrents as well so it's pretty much impossible to get a virus, it's ridiculously well moderated. Also stick to Pornhub as well :p.

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Offline Phibedy

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« Reply #12 - Posted 2015-03-22 09:36:38 »

Problems that most people think are related to viruses != problems caused by viruses.
Indeed I believe that windows protection is fine and as viruses are programmed before the protection I think that spending money on anti-virus is useless (maybe in some cases it's usefull).
On unix-systems I don't care about viruses at all  Grin
What I tried:
Avira-antivir:
 - haven't found a virus in ages on my machine.
 - blocks inet connection that shouldn't be blocked and I haven't figured out how to disable that "feature".
 - still blocks stuff even if I disable it

Norton 360:
 - worst software I ever bought (I think I still pay monthly for it as I forgot to cancle the subscription)  Roll Eyes
 - destroyed my custom audio driver
 - removed some software from the dark side
 - deleted stuff without asking.
 - slowly

Some other free software that didn't last longer then one day on my computer.
As long as you don't use java-applets and have no-script enabled you should be fine.

As I store most of my date in git repos I don't care if I have to reset my system  Grin
Indeed I haven't got problems in years  Smiley
Offline Stranger
« Reply #13 - Posted 2015-03-22 09:55:04 »

MalwareBytes.

Anton
Offline Kefwar
« Reply #14 - Posted 2015-03-22 10:49:11 »

I use Sophos. Never had any problems with it and works great  Wink

Offline Cero
« Reply #15 - Posted 2015-03-22 14:34:43 »

While I don't use one and am on windows, whenever I do sense a problem or danger I use MalwareBytes, Avast and maybe smaller tools for specific problems... sometimes spybot


Offline KudoDEV

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2015-03-22 16:06:48 »

I've never had issues with Norton 360 (now known as Norton Security). And its not even a monthly subscription. You must be thinking of the crappy Norton Antivirus, which doesn't exist anymore..

Tomsguide ranked it pretty high http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-antivirus,review-2588.html

Offline Phibedy

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« Reply #17 - Posted 2015-03-22 20:30:25 »

I've never had issues with Norton 360 (now known as Norton Security). And its not even a monthly subscription. You must be thinking of the crappy Norton Antivirus, which doesn't exist anymore..

Tomsguide ranked it pretty high http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-antivirus,review-2588.html
Nope Norton 360, my inet provider has/had that subscription
Offline Rayexar
« Reply #18 - Posted 2015-04-02 03:46:47 »

I never use anti-viruses but I scan with malwarebytes every several months. Never been infected with serious viruses, get adware on rare occasions when I'm not careful.
Offline gouessej
« Reply #19 - Posted 2015-04-02 09:13:58 »

Hi

When I'm forced to use Mac OS X, I don't use any virus scanner.

When I'm forced to use Microsoft Windows, I use Kaspersky (proprietary, not free of charge) at work and preferably Clamwin (open source, free of charge) elsewhere. I use Spybot against the spywares.

I don't use Clamav under GNU Linux yet, it could be useful to avoid being an healthy carrier of viruses targeting Windows. In my humble opinion, if you don't want to get any virus, use carefully a computer under GNU Linux. I have always been occasionally bothered by viruses under Windows even though I don't go to dangerous websites. I have been very seriously infected only once but even Kaspersky could do nothing for me. Malwarebytes Antirootkit can be useful too.

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Offline gzuzboey
« Reply #20 - Posted 2015-04-02 12:49:29 »

Used to use Norton security, but now I use windows defender Smiley

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Offline matt_p
« Reply #21 - Posted 2015-04-02 13:40:44 »

Used to use Avira, but that is decades ago  Wink
Now I'm using Windows Defender/Security Essentials on all my devices which need protection and never had a problem with it.
Offline Matth59

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« Reply #22 - Posted 2015-04-02 16:25:25 »

Personally, I use Kaspersky. Cool

By my mind it's important to have a good antivirus. Tons of people nowadays just have a free antivirus, obviously not updated Shocked.
When I fix their pc and the antivirus update pop-up shows up I ask them "wut should I do?" and always, but ALWAYS Angry, they say "Just close it m8". It's a shame how people doesn't know about viruses and how important is protecting your own pc.  Huh Undecided

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Offline Stranger
« Reply #23 - Posted 2015-04-02 18:10:58 »

I remember the similar topic some time ago.
As I see the dominant opinion about AV is in the contrary with opinion discussed in this topic.
What's changed since then?

Anton
Offline BurntPizza

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« Reply #24 - Posted 2015-04-02 18:17:10 »

What's changed since then?

The people in the discussion.
Offline Andre Lopes
« Reply #25 - Posted 2015-04-07 21:36:43 »

 I use kaspersky total security on windows.
Nothing on Fedora.
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